Cross Pointe Church

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1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

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Worth the Risk

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“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”  Jonah 2:8

In this one short verse lays unending implications.  It reminds us of the lyrics to a worship song:

It’s Your love that we adore, it’s like a sea without a shore. 
Don’t be afraid, don’t’ be afraid; just set your sail. 
And risk the ocean, there’s only grace.  There’s only grace.”

Following Christ wholeheartedly will always involve risk… the risk of the unknown; or of what He will demand. Sometimes it involves the risk of personal safety… or of comfort and predictability.  It is not an easy thing to, as the writer of this worship song says, “Set your sail and risk the ocean.”  But, as the song also says, in the ocean of following Christ, “there’s only grace.”

Ironically, Jonah set his sail, quite literally, and took a different kind of risk.  Instead of risking in order to follow God, he risked to run from God.  Yet still, in the ocean of his disobedience he found God’s grace.  Jonah knew firsthand what it meant to cling to the temporary and forfeit the eternal. He clung to the idol of comfort. He gripped the idol of control. He went to great lengths to avoid God’s plan.  And when the winds blew and the waves crashed around his plan of escape, he knew what it meant to forfeit God’s grace.

But even there, Jonah found God faithful… faithful to discipline and to rescue and to redirect. Yes, following Christ is risky, but perhaps, as Jonah discovered, not following Him is even riskier. Life is stormy either way. Wouldn’t you rather be on the side of the One whose voice the wind obeys… the One who can call off the waves if He so chooses?

Are you forfeiting the grace that could be yours today?  Are you clinging to the temporary things of this world at the expense of the eternal riches of Christ? If so, take the risk and let go… there is only grace. 

Prayer: Father, I admit that sometimes I am scared to obey You.  Sometimes what You ask is so hard.  Please help me to believe that following You will never lead to disappointment.  You are worth so much more than anything You could ever ask me to give up.  I want to risk it all for You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Free to Love

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“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”  John 15:12

Jesus commanded, not asked, His followers to love others as He had loved them.  How did Jesus love?  He loved in word and deed.  He loved in the big and the small.  He loved intentionally and eternally.  He loved effectively.  He loved by spending time with people.  He loved by meeting physical needs.  He loved by forgiving.  He loved by always revealing the Father.  He loved boldly, truthfully, and humbly.  He loved by serving.  He loved through His sacrifice on the cross.

Who did Jesus love? He loved His parents. He loved His family. He loved His friends.  He loved the twelve that He called.  He loved the three that He drew closer. He loved the masses. He loved the crowds. He loved the paralytic and the blind. He loved the prostitute, tax collector, and the leper.  He loved His enemies. He loved children.  He loved widows and orphans. He supremely loved His Father.

A Communist officer once told a Christian he was beating, “I am almighty, as you suppose your God to be.  I can kill you.”  The Christian answered, “The power is all on my side.  I can love you while you torture me to death.”  As recipients of God’s love, Christians have the incredible capacity to love others.  This capacity is not of the natural will… but from God’s power. Because He has loved us, saved us, and given us His Spirit in all His power, we are free to love. 

We are compelled by His love to love others.  We are equipped through His Word to love others. We are commanded by His Son to love others.  And we are able through His Spirit to love—even as Christ has loved us. So, the next time you find it hard to love someone, remember how Christ has loved you.  Let His love for you motivate you in your love for others. 

Prayer: Father, Thank You for freeing me to love others, even when it is hard.  It is amazing to think that I have Your power to love… but I must choose to use it.  Please don’t ever let me become arrogant. Help me to humbly remember the love and grace You have shown me when I did not deserve it. Teach me to rely on Your strength to love others just as You have loved me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stand Tall

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“…Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom you crucified but Whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.”  Acts 4:10 

When Peter met the crippled man in Acts 3, the man was begging for money. In that time, and even now in some parts of the world, the handicapped were shunned, avoided, and neglected. They were seen as damaged goods, and not worth helping.

This crippled man had likely spent his entire life alone. He had probably given up on ever being loved and accepted.  He spent his days just trying to survive on handouts.  But all that was about to change. He was about to meet Jesus. 

I love Peter’s response to the man when he asked for money.  Peter told him, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  Peter knew he had something more important that money or food or water.  He had the power of the living God. And as Peter well knew after the years He spent with Jesus, he was giving that man more than just the ability to walk… he was giving him Jesus.  He met his physical need so that he could meet the deeper need.

The man used his new, working legs to immediately run to the Temple to worship the God Who had healed him.  When the religious leaders saw him, they questioned him and this is when Peter stepped in again.  As this crippled man stood tall for the first time, Peter also stood tall and glorified the Name of the Lord. He made sure that everyone knew why this man was now walking.  He made sure it was God Who received the honor. 

When is the last time you stood tall for Jesus? When you see God working, or when He uses you to do His work, do you exalt His Name above all others? Do you point to Him and not yourself, or anyone else? 

Prayer: Dear Father, Please forgive me for the times that I forget that it is You Who deserves all glory and honor for all good things.  So often I exalt other people, thanking them and not You.  Please help me to remember that You are my Healer, and the only hope for all people.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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